Stabenow outpaces Obama in most Michigan counties, analysis shows

By R.J. WOLCOTT
Capital News Service
LANSING — Newly re-elected Sen. U.S. Debbie Stabenow not only defeated Republican rival Peter Hoekstra, but she also outpaced President Barack Obama in nearly every Michigan county. Stabenow, D-Lansing, secured 58 percent of the vote to Hoekstra’s 38 percent in her campaign for a third term. She won 61 of 83 counties, according to the Secretary of State’s unofficial election results. Obama won 20 counties. Hoekstra is a former member of the U.S. House from Holland who lost an earlier race for governor.

‘To tax or not to tax’

By Kara Albrecht
Old Town Lansing Times staff writer

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Senatorial Election candidates Debbie Stabenow and Pete Hoekstra are fighting for voters’ attention when it comes to taxes. Old Town is a neighborhood that thrives off small businesses and some say they know how important it is for Old Town to pay attention to issues that affect their community. “They’re pretty politically motivated here,” said Old Town visitor Cindy Collins. “That’s always been my impression.”

Pace and Partners Senior Public Relations and Policy Manager Mike Nowlin said, “Lansing usually votes Democratic.” This implies that the town would be more likely to support Stabenow.

Government programs support small businesses services

By XINJUAN DENG
Capital News Service
LANSING – Small businesses are getting more chances to access capital, spur job growth and boost exports under recent federal and state initiatives. These include the Small Business Administration (SBA), Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) and Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center. U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing pointed to resources to increase access to capital for Michigan small businesses. 
“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, creating the majority of new jobs,” Stabenow said. “We continue to make sure our small businesses have access to the capital they need to grow their companies and hire new workers.”
Small businesses in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties have received $395 million in financing since 2010 under the Small Businesses Jobs Act, Stabenow said.